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Jan 18, 2013 10:00pm PST
. it was an ongoing unfolding education. it started in the 1760s when he was a college opportunity and he was listening to patrick henry and jefferson said henry seemed to speak as homer wrote and he appreciated that because he himself was not a very good speaker. did he master the means of his day. he was a terrific writer, obviously. he was quick and he always wanted the assignment of summarizing what the committee had done or what the bill said because that gave him a certain level of control. >> gavin: when you say prolific writer, and we'll get to that in a moment, 22,000-plus letters saved. it's fascinating to learn he didn't give any speeches in his two terms as president except the two inaugural speeches. >> it seems he was a poor orator so he canceled the state of the union and sent it out in writing. and there is something to that. there is also the part that he believed the formal state of the union, the executive coming of the legislature and speaking and receiving the address and responding to it was too much like britain. his determination in his eight years was to try to un
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